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PREP BASEBALL: Eastside pitching, bats help Eagles power past Social Circle
Eastside senior pitcher Brayden Harper got the win on the mound in the Eagles' non-region contest with Social Circle Wednesday night. - photo by Brett Fowler

COVINGTON, Ga. — In the grand scheme of things, Wednesday’s matchup between Social Circle and Eastside was for nothing more than pride.

But it was Eastside taking out some frustration on the Redskins by a final of 11-1 to improve to 18-4 on the year.

Eastside saw its 16-game winning streak snapped last week when the Eagles were swept by Woodward Academy. The series loss dropped Eastside out of first place in Region 4-AAAA. Then Tuesday, the Eagles needed extra innings to edge in-county rival Alcovy. 

Eastside coach Brandon Crumbley saw some different things from his squad Wednesday night, though.

"Last night (against Alcovy) we left a lot of guys on and I think that was the key in tonight's game. We got guys on base then hit the ball hard and made (Social Circle) make plays," Crumbley said after the win. "We had some timely hits and then Brayden Harper pitched well. He's been huge for us this season."

The contest looked like it would be tight during the first inning with both teams posting a run each. However, Eastside went on to score four runs in the second, a run in the third and four more in the fourth before adding the mercy rule-invoking 11th run in the bottom of the sixth inning.

"Hopefully it's a wake up call for our guys," Redskins skipper Matt Huffman said. "I'm competitive and want to win every game, but we've got to win two games on Friday.

"(Eastside) didn't get our 'A' effort tonight, but even if we had given them our best I think they still would have beat us. Those guys have a good ball club."

Social Circle now turns its attention back towards the quest for a region 8-AA title. The redskins are currently atop the 8-AA standing, but Rabun County and Elbert County aren’t far behind. A sweep of Rabun County on Friday could help lock of the region crown for Social a Circle.

Meanwhile, Eastside will face Peachtree Academy Friday before finishing up the regular season next week with a Region 4-AAAA series with Salem.